included two tornadoes, a very rare occurrence as we hear now from tony guida. >> reporter: to their notoriously colorful vocabulary, new yorkers have two new entries-- tornadoes and nak row bursts. >> oh, my god! >> it was very, very frightening. >> this is a tornado. >> reporter: two tornadoes roared through nine minutes apart in the rush hour thursday evening. they packed winds up to 100 miles per hour, toppling trees, smashing windows, lifting the roofs off houses and stores. >> it seems like 30 seconds, and i came downstairs to check, and this whole street was totally destroyed. >> reporter: one minute this street was clear. in an eyeblink it was engulfed by wind and rain. >> it came right through portions of new york city, not manhattan, but right across staten island, into brooklyn, into queens. >> reporter: the tornadoes claimed thousands of trees, tossing them around like kindling, smashing them to the ground as the storms roared northeastward through the city's outer observers.